Alexa Suter’s Top London Fashion Week Fall 2014 Trends
The latest season at London Fashion Week was nothing less than expected: a full five days of fashion glory and new trends. Londoners and visitors alike showed up at the Somerset House – the stunning, historical venue where the majority of LFW’s shows were held this year – dressed in their best, most quirky (sometimes outrageous) outfits. And on the runway was a multitude of fashion insights for the coming season. Here are our top five picks from the catwalk.
This season, prints were virtually splashed on every catwalk, playing a central theme to many of the collections. Art Deco and structured, geometric patterns were common this season, and we even got a taste of bold, red plaid, colourful, magnified bacteria patterns, and a set of beetles and birds in the Giles show. The Bohemian inspired Burberry Prorsum collection brought us walking art, with hand-painted swirling florals, colorful brushstrokes on printed scarves, and a myriad of tapestry handbags. Animal prints were popular too, what with the snakeskin PVC dresses in upcoming designer Simone Rocha’s show, as well as the leopard print business suits by Mary Katranztou.
2. Bomber Jackets
Sporty, formal, or embellished, bomber jackets are in, and have taken London Fashion Week by storm (fit for the recent London wind storms, too). KTZ is just one of the designer’s to present a collection driven by a variety of bomber jackets, both dressed-up varieties as well as those athletic styles fit for a game of basketball. Some quilted versions in vibrant colors, like those in Christopher Raeburn’s show, contrasted the basic, puffy series in TopShop Unique and the black as night bombers by Christopher Kane.
3. Sporty Sneakers
It could be that designers are trying to avoid the much feared stiletto crash on the catwalk that seems to be becoming so popular, but regardless of the reason, we’re seeing plenty of comfortable footwear. Presented at Chanel’s Spring Haute Couture collection in Paris, where Karl chose to pair formal dress ensembles with fashion forward trainers, the look has now been adopted by many LFW designers. J. JS Lee set the mark right off the bat with her use of sporty flats, and later Nasir Mazhar’s models stomped the runway in their black basketball trainers, while Mark Fast enlightened us with his lineup of shiny sneaker/oxford hybrids.
Let your inner goddess sparkle this year, since London Fashion Week has made it clear, sparkle is in! Embellishment-adorned dresses, outerwear, skirts, and pants created a distinct kind of pattern on their own this season. We saw embellishments in the Erdem show used tastefully to adorn formal cocktail dresses among his lineup of lace, and sometimes more obviously to cover every square inch of thread, resembling a warrior of light or perhaps a disco ball.
Fur has an interesting way of leaving and returning incrementally in the revolutions of fashion, and from what we can tell by our catwalk reviews, fur is back in. Though it’s been on the rise for a while now, we’re seeing it more obviously this season, with plenty of fur vests, jackets, scarfs and throws. Patchwork fur could be something to watch out for in the coming year, as seen prominently by TopShop Unique. Not only was fur implemented on outerwear, it was used to accessorize dresses, highlight plunging necklines, and emphasize broadened shoulders, all while creating an air of “Russian royalty” in the atmosphere.
So you’ve been told: get your bomber, your sneakers, your lovely print and your sparkly embellished garments together for your most fashion-forward look this season. Oh, and don’t forget the fur!
Published on Front Row Mag.